By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, July 11: Assam Government will soon roll out a scheme to provide accidental insurance coverage to one lakh fish farmers in the State. The scheme is being executed as part of the new BJP-led government’s 100 days programme for promotion of fish economy and development of fish farmers.
Chairing a meeting on filising 100 days programme for the Fishery department in the conference room of Assam Secretariat on Monday, Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal said, “The proposed insurance coverage will be in sync with the State government’s commitment to develop the socio-economic conditions of fish farmers of the State.”
Moreover, steps have also been taken to supply 2 million fish seeds to 2,000 fish farmers at 1,000 seeds per farmers along with registration of 150 hatcheries and 500 fish farmers.
As part of 100 days priority programme of the department, model schemes will be developed and awareness programme will be launched in one block of every sub-division.
Further steps have also been taken for the establishment of aqua-shop at gkata Pukhuri in Guwahati.
Chief Minister Sonowal also emphasised on making an exhaustive fishery policy to revamp pisciculture in Assam and use it ‘as a ladder’ to the State’s pursuit of development. He also asked officers of the department to explore ways and means for large-scale production of fish with medicil values which lead to healthy mind and healthy body.
Minister for Fishery Parimal Shuklabaidya, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Principal Secretary for Fishery department MC Jauhari, Commissioner and Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Lohia and other senior officers were present at the meeting.